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    March 12, 2011
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>> good morning, everyone, on saturday, march 12. and now the fox news alert, a huge explosion at a nuclear plant in the earthquake-devastated region of japan. the japanese government is confirming a radiation leak has happened. and they are fighting against a nuclear meltdown. we have a live report for you from tokyo ahead. >> the massive earthquake triggering a ripple effect across the pacific hitting hawaii and governor brown if california call for a state of emergency along the northern coast including in santa cruz.
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>> in japan, the third largest producer of nuclear power and how trouble at the nuclear reactor could devastate global markets. friend friend hour two begins right now. >> good morning, everyone, thank you for joining us. and now you need to say glued to the show for three hours because there is so much breaking news including what is going on in japan. they are racing to prevent a meltdown after an explosion at the largest nuclear plant. the nation is getting a look at the destruction. you can see the images. >> these are new images as crews are getting out to assess the damage. adam housley is on the ground in
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tokyo assessing what is going on. tokyo is the staging ground for rescue operations for the country? >> absolutely. and it is getting back to normal around tokyo with traffic on the roads, and gas stations are open. no gas lines. yesterday there were reports of gas loins. and tonight in tokyo, right now, everyone is focused on the search-and-rescue effort and the ramification of what could happen with the reactor. the global markets, that could be affected and more specifically you have the safety and security of people in the area and search-and-rescue people have to get in the area to the damage. that is the focus. it is 9:00 at night and in the overnight it is a situation where people will gather,
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search-and-rescue people will gather more and working on operations because it is pitch black. the infrastructure is affected to the point ... roadways are wiped out. and train tracks wiped out. >> we are seeing brand new video in fox news showing a landslide so search-and-rescue is very much an ongoing mission. it could be ongoing effort to prevent panic in the country. is there a sense the government is being open and on and north right on the nuclear situation? it seems they have been optimistic officially and we talked to a nuclear expert who said this is the second worst nuclear accident next to chernobyl. >> that will be determined as the inspectors get in. there is so much speculation. pictures i have seen and a
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viewer e-mailed me, before the earthquake and pictures sense the earthquake and fire and the reactor site is significantly different look so that will be of concern to people in japan and others that could be affected by fallout. that is down the road. we do not know what is happening. is the general government being forthright? that is something that cannot be determined by us. when you look at a television set, it is covered with video from all around the country of the damage. and you will see one, what seems to be one official after another on the television so they are handling it if that respect but right now, the search-and-rescuest feeds to take place and then what happens
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with the nuclear reactor. you cannot get near that site at this point. >>alisyn: you mention the search-and-rescue has been hampered because the roads are shut town and the rails, et cetera, are shut down and in tokyo, they were spared the massive devastation we are seeing on the screen of the coastal areas and we know the buildings and no one has continue a better job than japan. >> the building codes are second to none. the fact you have the 7th largest, recorded in modern history and at a gas station in tokyo and everything is standing up and the lights are on and the building is fine and the airport is intact. that tells you how good the codes are but smaller towns and villages, you do not know if the
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codes are the same but when the tsunami came through, you saw the homes washed away on live television. those areas that are near the nuclear reactor sites and that is what is a significant problem. and we have information about sendai with a million people are cut off by the roads. because of the's structure being destroyed and because of the reactor on the road that goes from tokyo to sendai. >> unbelievable reports. thank you adam housley from tokyo. 45 countries have been waiting the go ahead from the japanese government to try to assist and now putting this in context. in 1995 during the earthquake what happened, and here in the
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united states, bill clinton's hands were tied and offered incredible support and other countries offered support to help and the japanese government said "no, no, no." so wrote the response be the same? it does not appear that is the case and the uss ronald reagan is off the coast performing search-and-rescue operations. but whether the u.s. can get into the fukushima reactor and provide coolant and other necessary materials to prevent a major meltdown. >> you mention cultural element. the japanese are not welcoming help because they are self reliant and they do not want outside help coming in from all over the place. this is not a country open to that. but the u.s. navy is scrambling ships. and hillary clinton who came out and said there is very important coolant we are bringing and they walked that back and said
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perhaps because they realized other people may want to get their hands on it. >> as housley pointed out, when you talk about nuclear ingredients you do not want to mention where they are so now we do not know the level of u.s. help but president obama has tasked the energy secretary with helping japan however they can. >> you can see the images coming from japanese television, which have been hitting the eastern coast of japan and 125 after shocks have occurred since the big one. if you listen to the geologists this will happen for decades. this is not a shock. we are still experiencing major after shocks if chile and off the coast so for decades we will hear of these. >>alisyn: you can imagine how uneasy it makes people feel
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after living through one of the biggest earthquakes in history and you have a 6.8 after shock. that is bigger than most recent earthquakes. >>dave: the man who knows about this is our chief meteorologist. how long should the aftershocks continue? >> they can go on for years that are in response to this big earthquake. they had two previous-shocks, a couple of 7.2 earthquakes that happened in the couple of days leading to this so there was activity going on before this beg one. you can get a 7.2 earthquake and you think that is the "big one," but you have minor ones after but you get a 7.6 followed by 8.9 is not expected. we will see this for a long time chile had the earthquake in
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february of 2010 and they still have after shocks so this will go on for a very long time. remember when you have an earthquake of around 7.0 or above you can get tsunami coming from that. so the aftershocks have been over 7 and we could see minor tsunamis. so, very scary. and next couple of days everyone is there thinking of what to do in the search-and-rescue and recovery and it will be cold overnight and a couple of warm days. when i say warm i mean upper 50's and 60's but it cools down by tuesday and wednesday done to around 40 and maybe snow. i said something earlier i to not realize the nuclear plant is south of this area and on the coast so winds would employee -- would blow that radiation to the
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sea, not to sendai. >>alisyn: everyone was on edge yesterday in the united states in california to see what the effect of the, and tsunami would be on california so people are wondering if there would be a tidal surge. now there was a tsunami warning for california and it is now downgraded to "advisory." >> this is from santa cruz, and catalina island off the coast of los angeles had ships upturned and governor brown in california declared a "state of emergency." >>dave: and there was a fatal situation as a man was swept to sea taking pictures despite the warnings, he was washed out to sea and not recovered. two were washed to sea and recovered and one at this point is still missing. at 4:00 in the morning california time. we will stay on that situation
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and let you know if that person is recovered. >> he was in the middle of teaching english class outside tokyo when the, hit. [ male announcer ] it's a rule of nature. you don't decide when vegetables reach the peak of perfection. the vegetables do. at green giant, we pick vegetables only when they're perfect. then freeze them fast so they're are as nutritious as fresh. [ green giant ] ho ho ho. ♪ green giant
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>> and this is live at the scene of a deadly accident here at home on interstate 95 in new york's bronx and a tour bus with 30 people overturned and it killed 13 people. six other passengers are critically injured, four transported to hospital. in word on the cause of the crash. more details on the story when they come to the newsroom. >>clayton: continuing coverage of the devastation if japan. an american man was smack in the
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middle of this teaching a class in rural japan when the ground shook. little did he know he was experiencing the 5th largest, ever recorded. josh joins us on the phone from japan. job, nice to have you on the phone. what did you experience? we have earthquakes all the time. were students scared? >> that's right. a lot of people were. good morning. we have them all the time, so, it is a normal thing. earthquake and 20 or 30 seconds later it is gone. but this time it continued longer than they are used to, it lasted, it felt like it was two minutes, it may have been short are but it felt like it was long. the building i work in was build a year after world war world wa.
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it is made of wood and it felt like a house of toothpicks. >>alisyn: what are you trained to do when this happened with the students? >>guest: for the bomb drills, the air raid drills back in the 1940's in the united states, you get under the deck, you wait for the trimmer to stop. when it stops, you go outside to get away from falling debris. they do a head count and make sure no one is injured and they wait an hour for after shocks to pass and they go in and grab belongings and sent home. >>dave:
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>>clayton: an explosion has blown out the walls of the building housing and nuclear reactor and the government ordered people in a 12 mile radius to ever evacuate and officials say the metal container sheltering the reactor was not affected by the explosion and the radiation levels are going down. very good news. >>alisyn: and now streaming
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live from tokyo is david. so japanese officials are more optimistic about this possible disaster at the nuclear plant and we know radiation is out. what do you know, david? >>reporter: well, we understand from the japanese officials that there is still a major concern at the plant and they have sent their top teams to try to get it under control but there is concern in tokyo, it is only 160 miles northeast of here and if there is a wind and if there is a major problem this we have 30 million people in this area and that could exacerbate the problem if we get a major release. >> you just arrived in tokyo. what is your assessment upon landing there and seeing the city and the outlying areas which did not have the same infrastructure and building code as tokyo?
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>>reporter: i came from goya, 200 miles away on a bullet train so the high-speed trains in japan are working after being stopped yesterday. coming into tokyo was amazing. it looks like a normal city. i don't see any damage and i drove around for an hour before coming here. and people are going about their business. they are resilient people, the japanese. they know there are earthquakes but the focus now is further north around sendai and along the coastline some areas have not been reached because of the transport problems. that is where the focus is. that is where they are trying to send international teams into the country to help. >>dave: we talked about the early warning system and the building codes that were redone in 1981 but the people there if japan are also extremely well
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prepared for natural disasters. specifically, earthquakes and tsunamis. >>reporter: well, they have annual drills here. i lived in japan a decade ago and there was always that concern and people understood the problem. and i have been here when there have been tremors and i have been holding on to things and people are still walking down street not too worried. but in tokyo they worry about the big one. there was a major earthquake here in 1923 which flattened tokyo. they have improved dramatically, of course, their building codes but the real concern is the places up north that do not have the same expertise. >> david, thank you from japan. we will check back with you during the next three hours. it obviously is hard to know what the situation is at the nuclear reactor because the
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>>clayton: a fox news alert. the potential for a nuclear meltdown has japan on high alert. the japanese government says the situation is "contained," at the fukushima plant and radiation levels around the plant are going down but this is just the report from japan's officials. we are getting conflicting reports. on the phone is a senior associate at the nuclear policy program at the carnegie endowment for international peace. nice to have you, mark. what do you make of the recent statements from japanese officials despite the video we are seeing? they say it seem the explosion has not affected the nuclear reactor and we do not have to worry. >>reporter: well, this has
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been a race against time from the outset. i have told people beginning yesterday afternoon in europe it looks as if we were seeing the unfolding of what could be turned into a core meltdown unless the japanese authorities got coolant and electric power to the reactor. they have a window of time to do this. we had little information if they were controlling the event and whether they are succeeding in cooling the reactor down. if they do that, they will solve the problem with very little damage but we have very little information on the extent. there are reports that vary and we do not know what everything
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means. fuel could be breaking down but we have little information and we have no information of the volume of the emission. >>dave: and what is powering this is batteries because the backup power systems and generators have failed. how frightening is that if those reports are true that batteries are powering the enormous nuclear plant? >>guest: well at any nuclear plant like this this are a series of backup systems that are set up to provide emergency power in the case of a power outage like we experienced here. and battery-powered equipment is part of that equipment which is on the plant site so it would be logical battery-powered equipment would be brought into play and that was the case in
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events we know about including events in europe where there have been events that have unfolded so it is not unusual that battery powered equipment is brought in. but the authorities have to make sure they have enough power on the site to ensure equipment can be operated to cool the core. >>alisyn: maybe you can help re-enforce this understanding, the nuclear plants were never designed for the one-two punch this has taken. they were designed to with stand appear earthquake. but a tsunami followed it is knocking out the safety measures now and basically what he looked at in the pictures of the smoke coming from the nuclear reactor after this explosion he says this is not good however you slice it. this is dangerous. >>guest: we have seen the dramatic pictures of the explosion and the smoke billowing but we don't know, we
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have not had confirmation from anyone of what is actually exploded and what that really means. people are speculating whether it is a hydrogen explosion or something else. we don't know. the issue at hand in the immediate sense is the integrity of the top of the building or the structures around the reactor at stake is the integrity of the vessel which is holding the fuel. we had a core accident in the united states in 1979 and a certain amount of the coremented but a great damage to the outside of the reactor was avoided because the core, the
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material, the fuel material remained in the core and was retained by the vessel and we did not escape and did not have a large amount of nuclear material leaving. at that accident, it was contained. it is difficult for us not having any information about the integrity of the facility to know whether that is the case. >> we hope that information is forthcoming. thank you for joining us. and now our medical "a" team joining us to talk about the health effects. we simply do not know. following chernobyl the soviet union was not forthcoming and we hope the japanese government with u.s. officials will get a better senator of -- better sense of things. what health concerns should we worry about? >> in chernobyl there was a cloud of radiation exposure from the plant and here we do not know. that is the key. we do not know how much radiation is in the area.
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the key is, how long the exposure is and how close you are to it, and that is most important so we did not know the amount and people have been evacuated from 12 miles and that is a good start. >> if we could get medical supplies to the people in the region is it important to take anything? >>guest: well there are things to protect the thyroid and if you are close to the reactor, if i was there i would not tell people in tokyo to take it but if the area i would say this are things to take for the three reside. we are looking at rapidly growing cells, in the g.i. tract and fertility issues and loss of hair. >>dave: these are based on things we do not know but we know the tsunami has affected hundreds of thousands. what medical issues arise talking about tsunami and people
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trapped. >>guest: the first problem is drowning and the second problem is people who are injured and cannot get to medical help so teams go around the country looking for trapped people and people this have broken bones. and getting them to medical facilities. most hospitals in such an central area have backup generators so if the power is out they are up and running. we need reports on that. and what are the states of the hospitals and of the supplies. the more this guess on the worst the problem gets. is there potable water? is there sewage problem? with floods you see sewage and diarrhea and a lot of infections. i don't see cholera happening in japan, it was more of a risk in thigh -- in thailand which is more rural.
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>>clayton: when you see what exactly the tsunami looked like and the speed, this is a jumbo jet above the tsunami wave and a 747 crews at 567 miles per hour and the tsunami wave traveled 500 miles per hour. this is significant because people did not have a chance to get out of the way. the earthquake was 78 miles per hour off the coast. so just 15 minutes later here comes the tsunami so they have warping systems in japan people did not have adequate time to get out. >>dave: the speed at 500 miles per hour is at the pack in the middle of open ocean but as it approaches land it slows. the tsunamis you see cruising across japan were still moving at 30 miles per hour say the experts so this, even on land as it carries with it homes,
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building, cars, and entire neighborhoods, they look like sticks on the river of destruction. and still moving at 30 miles per hour. >> some images were images from news crews and helicopters and the early hours of the disaster we saw images coming over social media and as power outages occurred we had folks sending videos on youtube using twitter and people trying to find out if family member are okay. people are using audio messages to say "mom, i'm safe, i'm safe." you can get the information out there where they could not do it otherwise. >>alisyn: i was on my honeymoon after 9/11 in italy before the advent of facebook and twitter and we felt so isolated, cell phones were down, phone lines were down, and in a huge crisis of this kind, you
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feel so much anxiety and untethered from your loved ones so, obviously, social media helped. >>dave: google has started a person finder so google person finder if you are looking for loved ones in japan. and now rick has the weather. >> you talked about the waves and social media. yesterday it took, the wave traveled 590 miles per hour on average to get from the center to the california coastline so you are saying there is not the warning. there was not a big time warning for folks in japan but we get an idea of when the waves would hit hawaii or the west coast because of the advances that have been mutt in place the last couple of years with the monitoring system. and with social media and twitter, and it was amazing to
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see, people are saying "the wave is about in," and you got all that information, never seen figure like that. it has been so helpful. in the next couple of days, hims will cool down in sendai and snow across areas north because it is still winter in japan. look at the snow. landslides are happening. areas that are affected by the earthquake in the higher elevations now dealing with extremely cold weather and the snow on top of this. at night if you do not have electricity that will make matters worse. and you have talked about raidage escaping here and it is around 33 degrees so a cold one. winds from the southwest. the winds will remain out of the southwest and the radiation will be pushed offer the water and
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to the plant. they are saying "stay in the home," we will let you know if you need to evacuate. but you are safe. i do not think that ... people in tokyo are anxious about what is happening up north. >>clayton: and this is video outside of tokyo in the fox news room as people are standing on overpasses and brenhams wanting with nowhere to go, nowhere to run trying to get to high ground as water was rushing right into their town centers. people in tokyo this morning, david, have they got in contact with family members who live in areas? >>reporter: the question is for the people located not near
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the cities but thin or 14 miles away. it is difficult to find out information of the areas. i don't know what happened to people i know, my friends and co-workers. it is difficult to gauge what is happening. in tokyo people are scared. i went to the supermarket and all essentials were gone. no water. no rice. no pasta. everything was gone. that is incredibly unusual. things are well stocked here. and there are signs saying there is no food, please do not ask us. >> aside from that is there a sense of normal there? people are so prepared for natural disasters, specifically earthquakes and tsunamis, other than the run on the groceries, are people going about their business? it is 9:48 p.m. local time.
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>>reporter: restaurants are open. businesses are open. things are orderly. the trains were running at 70 percent capacity. some found it impossible to cross town. this morning obviously huge number of people went home after spending the night in tokyo stranded when the trains stopped. people are going about their lives. there is a sense of unease. people are told to use less power because tokyo could run out of tower and concern that a fire north of tokyo at a gas plant, spewing chemicals into the atmosphere. people should stay well away from contact with the water. that is a concern to everyone. >> that is a big concern as
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radiation that is leaguing from -- leaking from the nuclear plant. >>clayton: what does the explosion mean in japan for the rest of the world? stay tuned. the motorola xoom tablet. the first tablet powered by android 3.0, with a 3-d interface and a widescreen hd display. grab it and it grabs you. only at verizon. just don't feel like they used to. are you one of them? remember when you had more energy
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>> continuing coverage now of the disaster if japan. they are the third largest producer of nuclear power in the world. how will this potential disaster in japan impact the economy? and the markets? >>alisyn: and now our anchor from the fox business network.
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we had our nuclear expert on who says this qualified as the second worst nuclear accident if history. second only to chernobyl because this is already a radioactive leak. what is the ripple effect to our country economically smoking. >>guest: economically speaking as far as the u.s. it is difference with the debt because we will have effects. that is next week much the story in. pan is the reactors that are shut down they need power. guests have said presidents of -- millions of homes are without power. they are the third big of the producer of nuclear power and doing it since the 1950's and beginning production if the 60's. they do not have the until resources like the united states. they do not have oil. this veto import their oil. but they have to go to hydroelectric and nuclear power. that is where they made their
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bet to power everything in japan, the biggest economy in the world and that will slow down. the effects are for them not the united states. this is continuing and developing. >>clayton: when you said third largest nuclear power producer that means the effect on the people of japan, the infrastructure in.upon, -- in japan. they are not exporting that energy. >>guest: they have 56 nuclear reactors and 11 are shut down. and 30 percent of the electricity for the nation is produced by nuclear. that is very high. the united states, 50 percent of our electricity is based on coal, the dirty energy and that is why the japanese wanted to go this route to be pore -- more environmentally friendly. >>dave: the debate has begun about the safety and nuclear power effort. the price of oil dropped a
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little bit. why? >> wdid not get the day of rage in saudi arabia we expected, the oil markets expected this so you had more pressure on crude. but the week will be different. japan's markets, mid-afternoon when the earthquake hit and they were just closing. they will open up tomorrow, sunday, and our sunday, and their monday and the japanese market will open and we expect a huge drop. >> fewer driving could change the consumption of oil in japan so that could help us. >>guest: that is true in that japan is the third largest importer of crude. we are number one. china is number two and japan is three. but that is a short-term argument. >> thank you coming in with this information. >> buildings shook and windows
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>> good morning, everyone, on saturday, march twelfth. a lot of news. we start with fox news alert because fears of a nuclear accident in japan after an explosion is heard and seen as you can see at one of the major plants. the country is still reeling from the twin disasters of the massive earthquake and the tsunami. >> trapped inside a 17-story building during all this shaking. an eyewitness joins us with the terrifying account. >> plus sending aid for those impacted by the devastation and what is done to help after the biggest earthquake in japan's recorded history. "fox and friends" hour three starts right now.
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>> welcome to friend friend on saturday morning if you are just waking up an explosion has blown out the walls of the building of a nuclear reactor and the government has ordered people in a 12 mile radius to evacuate. and some say people as far away as 70 miles are being turned away but officials say the container was not, was not, was not affected. >>alisyn: they say the radiation levels are going down but they confirm there is a leak. and now streaming live from tokyo. do we have a sense of how bad this nuclear accident is? >>guest: the latest we have is
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from the japanese government spokesman that came on tv a short tomb ago and he said although the walls were knocked out from the blast which housed the reactor the container which contains the reactor wasn't breached and that is very important. they also say the pressure is going down on the reactor now and there want any rise in radiation and that is important and it seems the japanese government is trying to calm fears now because there is real concern in tokyo there could be a meltdown. >>dave: and off the "washington post" website, officials are telling people to cover their mouths and stay indoors. during an earthquake you are toll to get outside, during a tsunami you are trying to climb to the top of a roof and now you are told to stay indoors so people must be confused about
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what to do. >>reporter: that's right. there is a lot of focus on what is happening now in the fukushima plant. they increased the evacuation area to 12 miles from six miles and there are reports that perhaps they are extending that further. it does seem to be a concern they are just saying cover your mouth if you are walking around outside. the people of tokyo are concerned because there are only, they're only 160 miles south of the reactor and with the wind any fallout from a melt down could cause huge damage here because this is a major population center, over 30 million. >>clayton: i want your take on this, the international aid that
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is available, waiting, willing, and becannot get an answer as to whether or not the japanese government has completely opened their arms and said, everyone come in. 45 nations offered help. are there countries awaiting an answer if they can come in and help. >>guest: from what i understand countries like germany, britain, south korea and the states, their recuse relief teams are on the way or in the area already. and i believe the u.s. military which has a major presence is in action off the shore. >>alisyn: thank you for that live report from japan. and now karl rove, good morning, karl. we are trying to get our arms around how big a disaster this is and what is going on in terms of the nuclear radioactive leak in japan because earlier this
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morning officials said the levels surge to 1,000 times the normal level and they admitted radiation was seeping out of the huge nuclear plant and now it sounds like they are trying to tamp down panic or fear and in your experience are they trust worthy for national disasters? >>guest: what is important here is, what is the design of the plant? the concerns of meltdowns have led to changes in designs of plant that make it difficult for them to meltdown. this plant had a leak in the cooling system but the plant was shut down from producing energy to residual heat in the fuel rods and not to diminish the danger but these systems have been carefully thought through and every step take were to minimize the likelihood of
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catastrophic explosion and release of energy. you saw how big the explosion was yet it did not affect the containment vessel. that is, the structure built and the nuclear power unit itself. >>dave: did you fine the japanese government to be open and honest and north right during your time in the bush administration? >>guest: we dealt with a different government, a rare time of stability, the japanese prime minister come and go with frequency. but we are in the immediate moments after a large disaster and this was a point last night, this earthquake is 100 times more powerful than the last major, to hit japan in the 19 20's so we're talking about a threat here, a disaster of, it is hard to get your hands
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around. if you have been to japan now how they have engineered the building to handle the earthquakes in a way we never think in the united states but you can see the devastation even then is horrific. >>clayton: take us behind the scenes at the white house right now in a moment like this. you learn of what is unfolding in japan and we are concern about a nuclear fallout in japan that will affect the rest of the world. what was the united states response like? it seemed like hillary clinton had to walk back on the statements of the air force delivering coolant. paint a picture for us. >>guest: this would be families to establish contact between either the u.s. ambassador or appropriate officials at the state department with the japanese government. you probably have people at state department talking to the general ambassador to the united states saying, what do you need that we can provide? and you have similarly have the
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u.s. ambassador in japan having the same conversations and reporting back. what probably happened as a matter of routine the dispatch of the urban rescue teams around the world in major developed countries like germany and the united states and great britain, teams of people who after 9/11 came to find people buried in wreckages where you have buildings collapsing it is important to get the teams on the ground and moving and across the world there is an understanding when you get a disaster like this the first thing countries with the teams do is dispatch them. so moments after 3:00 in the morning in a couple of hours i suspect the teams were en route from the united states and other countries to japan. >>alisyn: and we know the california governor brown has issued a state of emergency
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there. and now we will check to see what the situation is in terms of the waves and hear about the state emergency. >> what you are resting to was from the tsunami that hit areas of california and oregon yesterday. causing all kinds of damage and people wondering, was the wave going to make its way all the way across the pacific ocean. look at this. waves going in and out and causing all kinds of damage across piers and many homes demolished. this is crescent city, the most point to get tsunami damage in the country, this is it and it saw it once again. the far-reaching effects from the tsunami felt across the western part of the country of the u.s. and one person swept out to sea, a person out of the take pictures of this not
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realizing how strong the tsunami would be. a smaller tsunami having that kind of effect across our seaboard. >>alisyn: this is the last thing california needs because they are insomuch financial distress. is state of the emergency the right thing? >>guest: absolutely. law enforcement will have the powers and emergency management people in place to take care of this situation. and it allows him to access federal funds. you cannot access federal disaster funds until you declare a state of emergency so this is normal. we have not talked about the second or third largest economy in the world next to japan and they suffered horrible loss of life and a blow to their economy and this will ripple throughout the international economy immediately. but it will also have a long-term impact. in japan they rely on nuclear power and if accidents cause people to lose confidence in
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nuclear power and they seek other forms of power generation, a coal or natural gas, this will have an impact if it is hydro carbons on the supply of oil and nasa gas. but this will have, hurt the world economy because you cannot have a big economy like japan hit as hard as this will be hit without having ripples throughout the world. >> it should be fascinating to see if the debate over nuclear power here in the united states is stopped in the months ahead. you are certain to hear about the safety of that in the long term. thank you, karl rove. >> canadian photographer in tokyo for a few days experienced this disaster and that is ahead. help protect you.
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>> this is a fox news alert because you will see the scene of a deadly accident at home. interstate 95 in the bronx if new york. a tour bus with 30 people flipped on its side and skidded into a signpost. it killed 13 people. sex other -- six others are critically injuried and four transported to the hospital. in word on the cause. >> the foreign minister of oman calling for an arab intervention in libya. he said the libyan crisis poses a threat to the civility of all arab states if no action is taken it could lead to "unwanted foreign intervention." the crisis in japan after a massive and deadly earthquake
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and sue 19. a man was in japan for two days and while waiting to buy a ticket for a train this happened. he felt the ground tremble. the biggest earthquake ever recorded. >> the canadian photograph are joins us on the phone. i understand in the meantime you have been feeling tremors against and you are trying to get out of there. >> yes, quite a few tremors. they have in the stopped, maybe frye minutes ago a large one, the entire hotel was shaking and the light hanging above me was switching back and forth. >>alisyn: that is nerve wrecking and we understand there have been at least 125 after shocks and when you are in the middle of these, what do you feel like? we have heard how well the buildings are outfitted. do you feel secure? >> i don't think i have ever felt secure.
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it feels like it has stopped. i feel like i am on a large ship and the ship is moving with the ocean. >>dave: you recorded images and the immediate aftermath of the massive earthquake and it did not match up to the horrific video we saw of the tsunami sweeping up entire neighborhoods and buildings and homes and cars. the people almost looked calm and they are standing out there. this is a country who is extremely prepared. tokyo is clearly the exception to the rule in japan. >>guest: yes. there was a very large tremor as we talked, just enormous, and i am shaken up. it is nerve wracking being in this situation. the feeling in tokyo is different from what i feel right now were people are going about their business a few hours after
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the large earthquake yesterday. the stores opened back up and people were playing video games and were enjoying their day. >>clayton: and this is youtube video taken of the earthquake and people publishing this and rushing out to the streets and you can hear the panic and these are people used to earthquakes. can you get out tomorrow? this is a concern, people trying to get out of there. is your travel secure? >> i have a ticket for the bullet train tomorrow and i will be at the train station fairly early if i can get on an early train i will. i hope i can get out of here because i am watching the situation with the nuclear reactor and i am 150 miles from there and i want to put some more distance between myself and it. >>alisyn: of course you do, what a situation you are living through. are you in a high-rise? >> a low rise, only five-story
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building and a lot of the other high-rises have been evacuated because of the tremors. some are so big my room is shaking and water bottles are falling down and i cannot imagine people with a 30 or 40-story building. >>dave: sounds frightening so say the least, a canadian photograph are trying to get out of tokyo and he has experienced multiple after shocks including one while we were on the phone with him. best of luck to you in getting out of the city. >> i will update the images on my website. at www.andrewpateras.com and japan is on high alert. what is the likelihood of a meltdown? could radiation affect the united states? an expert examining that next. worried about retirement. he'd yet to he of mutual funds, iras, or annuities.
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>> a fox news alert, 9,500 people are missing in a northern japanese town according to new information just coming into the fox news room. this has potential for a nuclear meltdown has japan on alert. the government says the situation is contained and the radiation levels around the plant are going down but our next guest says this is a serious situation. >>alisyn: a spokesman for the nuclear energy institute. what do see when you look at this explosion, the video from the plant. >>guest: well, obviously they have a serious situation they are trying to deal with. there are reports that this who
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is been hydrogen in the reactor core. we understand, as well, hour, you do have a robust containment structure surrounding that and that would be a couple feet of concrete and steel reinforced rebar in that so that structure is still intact as we understand. so the defense at that facility is doing what it needs to do which is to assure even in a serious situation potentially you could say worst case scenario that public health and safety is still being maintained. >> here is what we understand from reuters, government officials are distributing iodine to the people arod the facility, the nuclear plant. what does this mean to you? >>guest: that is a precautionary measure used and available around nuclear plant sites in the united states.
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it is a measure to assure in terms of your, you provide this to help already providing sufficient amount of ingestion of potassium iodine so you do not absorb the radiation. between the evacuation we have eastbound as a precaution and other steps they are doing what nuclear facilities all around the world do, which is plan and prepare this is one of the layers of defense so in a serious situation you can try to protect people. >> we understand there is a safety system if all of these nuclear plants, the cooling system, but that was somehow knocked out after the tsunami. so is there a backup to the backup? >> there is a backup to the backup and i don't have good information for you how that is
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funding. usually the nuclear power plants beyond putting electricity to the grid, they take in a certain amount of electricity to run hair -- their safety system. when you lose power you go to the emergency generator as a backup and we have learned for some reason those stopped functioning and you rely then on battery supplies that give you some hours of additional power to help with the safety systems and you need to replenish those. i don't right now where they are if that process. people should understand, i was appear a u.s. nuclear regulatory commission conference in washington, dc, just the other day, and they have been updating analyses of serious accidents they have been looking at, and the good news is as opposed to what some of the theories going back 10 or 15 years they find out between the mitigating
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action the operators can take and other steps you actually have more time to address these things than previously thought. so, it is clearly a serious situation but there is some amount time and i am sure that is what they are working through to assure that even if radiation were to get out it would not get out at levels that could harm the public even in the three mile accident here in 1979 there was a release of radiation and we melted half of the core there but that was kept at levels that did not harm public health and safety. that is the key opinion should keep in mind, it would be what are the levels of release this could come. thank you, we appreciate your thoughts, as well. as we told you new reports that 9,500 people unaccounted for in a town of northern japan.
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>> welcome back, everyone, this is a news alert. developing details on the crisis in japan. there are reports saying 9,500
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people are unaccounted for in a northern japanese town. this is according to the coyote news agency quoting the local government there. and also breaking, new information that the japanese authorities are making preparations to hand out iodine to the people living near the nuclear power plant where an explosion has happened this morning. iodine is the cure to protect the body from radioactivity exposure. >> and now to our reporter streaming like from tokyo. david, we talk about the 9,500 missing people at this hour. what do you know of that? >>reporter: well, there ... (inaudible) it is not any surprise when we have covered these evens before with the great asian tsunami back in 2004, reports were that a few thousand people were killed but it quickly jumped and
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we had a figure of around 250,000. so we do know there is a long stretch of chin on the northeast of. pan and many of the areas have not been reaped yet by the rescue authorities and we are waiting to see if there is going to be another jump in the death toll. >>clayton: we hear of course about handing out the iodine now and the news agency reporting that this is handed out, officials taking a health concerns seriously. what do you hear of that related to the nuclear fallout potential from the fukushima plant? >>reporter: well, we know they are taking it more seriously than the initial information they gave to the public in that area was to put wet flannels over their face when they went outside the home or stay in the home.
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but, of course, there is great concern particularly after the explosion early in the day which we understand did not break the containment vessel of the reactor but as the rescue teams are fighting to keep the pressure down, keeping this reactor core, if they fail, the people, the town of sendai which was hit badly is a town of a million people in the area, and you look further down, if there is a cloud, we have 30 million people here in tokyo. >>dave: it is not just the nuclear situation but the earthquakes, essentially 8.9 and pore than 120 after shocks and we talked to a canadian photographer and he has felt enormous after shocks. what do you feel? >>reporter: they are continuing in tokyo.
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japanese television has live cameras and they are shaking in many areas of the capital. i have not not any after shocks since i have come here but they are very localized. but the petroleum in tokyo are very concerned. very on edge about perhaps even a larger earthquake coming in the next few days. so, there is a case of wait-and-see and we do understand from reports that people are hoarding food now because they are concerned and there is also a major concern about the power supply because japan is so dependent on the nuclear reactors and a number of them have been shut down. >>alisyn: thank you from japan, david, for the updates. and now we will bring you back, dr. seigel over the announcement that officials are handing out the antidote to radiation poisoning. what does that tell you?
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weeing we cannot read from that how concerned they are because it is benign drug. after chernobyl the people that were on the potassium iodine had a lower risk of thyroid cancer because if i am giving a patient this in a pill it deactivates the radiation so it will protect the thyroid from radiation and the thyroid is the most sensitive glad to the effect of radiation so people in the area if they are getting radiation can be protected by taking potassium iodine. >>clayton: and we saw large necks and so there is no problem to take this, you would be smart to take it as a prevention effort? >>guest: yes, because
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increased risk of cataract and increase risk of thyroid cancer because of the radiation. so they are being cautious because they do not no how much radiation there is. >>alisyn: and the viewers, word to the newsroom there is a strong after shock in the northern region of.0 the site where the nuclear plant is and they are battling the explosion at this hour, so there are complications. >>clayton: we do not want to scare people because people cannot assess how bad the situation is at the plant but this would be a smart, some is something you have if place if you have a problem, right, handing out the iodine as a prevention? >>guest: i am glad you brought this up. fear is the big concern as we report open it that people not be afraid. even chernobyl, the greatest disaster, only 200 people actually suffered from acute radiation exposure.
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most of the time the issue is long-term effect. the iodine is a prevention measure with no down side but only be given to people in the area and it would only protect the thyroid not the rest of the body but the thyroid is something you worry about. >>dave: japanese officials telling people to cover their mouths and someday inside as if that would avoid the symptoms. >>guest: if you are inside you have concrete and other things to protect you but the breathing part is because if there is radiation in the area it can affect the lungs. >>alisyn: thank you, doctor, for the update. and now over to a woman who is joining us on the phone, 52-year-old husband, joe, was working at the fukushima plant and injured by falling glass when the earthquake struck. good morning, tell us if you have been in touch with your husband today. >>guest: last time i heard
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from him was at 11:30 last night our time and it was for a brief second when the 15 went out and i got good news this morning and another guy's wife that he did get ahold of her that the guys at the fukushima plant are now traveling together as a group and working together to try to help with their own evacuation to get, to get off the island and to get back to the united states. >>clayton: you have in the heard from him but from the wife of someone else they managed to get out and they are trying to evacuate but the question that comes to mind: who is left behind to contain what potential problem or radioactive leak is there. are there specialists? certainly not your husband's
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area? >>guest: these goes were brought in, specialists in their fold but they are temporary. they have their main people who work at the plants and that is what i am thinking is who is there trying to run the plant. that is what they do, anyway. the local people that live there. >>dave: i can only imagine what it must have been like in the hours after this earthquake after the tsunami, and you began to hear about the nuclear situation, how difficult and how emotional a time was this for you. >>guest: well, i heard and all i knew is what i saw on tv, i knew there was a earthquake and where he was working and no communication and could in the get ahold of him, anyway. and it was just, the not knowing, and then when i finally got the first call and it was just for a little while, that was after the earthquake and it want through that, and it want
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through the tsunami, and they were gathering up trying to get the people they were working with and trying to figure out where to go for high are ground and last time i talked to them, they were going to spend the night on the side of this mountain and try to stay warm and, because, they lost all, they were not properly dressed for this and they were just trying to ... keep through the night. >>alisyn: and you know japan lies on a fault line. do you live in anxiety about your husband's job? >>guest: well, they knew there was earthquakes when they went there and this is not the first. all the goes that go this they are all train asked they necessity this but no one expected anything like what
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happened this time. this is just ... disaster. they knew when it starts something bad was going on and this is just unbelievable. the hardest thing is sitting by the phone, waiting, wondering if all the if's and's and but's and everything else going on, can they get out? can they, you know, make it? and we hear of the radioactive air, he has ... will he get infection? are they getting water? mental state? exhaustion? no rest ... it's just worry after worry and you hear of the other plant problems they are having, and if they can just stay there together and get
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away. back to the states. >>clayton: our thoughts are you with and your husband and any families trapped in japan trying to get out. please, keep us up to date with your husband's whereabouts, will you? >>guest: sure you. >>alisyn: she echoed what everyone has said, they live with it, they have been through earthquakes before but this one, everyone knew this was a much bigger ones more sustained and more violent than they had experienced. >>dave: new reports that 9,500 people are missing in one japanese town alone. that number, along with the death toll expected to grow. coming up what the united nations is doing to help japan. and millions in aid at least to recover from the devastation. with our own financial troubles in the u.s. how much do we in the u.s. how much do we afford to help our ally? fiber one chewy bar.
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>> and from japan a new strong after shock that slammed the none part of the country moments ago. the magnitude was believed around 6.0, japanese authorities say they now hand out iodine near the nuclear plant because there has been a leak of radiation. iodine can be used to protect the body from radioactive exposure. and we hear reports as well that 9,500 people are missing in a northern japanese town alone. the official death toll still stands at 754 and in nonis -- and that number is expected to grow. and uss ronald reagan is assisting in search-and-recovery effort and now governor huckabee is joining us from arkansas.
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a question right now, the international aid is coming in, how much can we afford? how much does the japanese government need? how much from the international community will come to the united states, should we say "we have your back." >>governor huckabee: you can always count on the united states and the magazine enough sent people always there when there is a disaster like this. i remember going into pakistan not very long after the earthquake and going up into northern pakistan that was riveted by the earthquakes and tens of thousands camping out and you know who was taking care of them? giving them food? water? taking care of their medical needs? some europeans here and there, a few people from other countries, but it was almost need percent americans. american troops. american volunteers. you get the idea that americans do what americans do best and that is rise to the aid of people and i have now do we will do it in japan.
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>>dave: here is where fiscal reality meets generosity. there are many's this tragedy occurred that said we cannot afford the keep of foreign aid we have been dishing out the last several decades. they say we cannot get involved in the uprisings in north africa and the middle east. can we afford foreign aid at this point with the budgetary disaster we are looking at? many in the g.o.p. want to cut that? >>governor huckabee: a lot of aid we will give will not be necessarily government. government can do certain things particularly bring military assets because there are certain things only the military have the ability to do. particularly if logistics and organization. but a lot of the assistance we will give is going to be through the charitable organizes. there is not a group of people on earth more charitable and
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even in great need americans have a long histories of giving out of our own need in order to meet the needs of our people. is a reason i a frustrated when i hear people in other parts of the world bring horrible anger and contempt toward the united states because when a country is in trouble, they turn to us. and whether it is haiti, pakistan, or japan, i have in doubt americans will open up their hearts and pockets and do what they can to be of assistance through the red cross and other organizations. >>alisyn: that will be starting i am sure this morning. governor thank you for joining us to talk. >>clayton: the japanese government provided a lost assistance during hurricane katrina. hows are missing this morning in japan and what the united nations is doing to find the survivors of the deadly earthquake and tsunami.
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>> the numbers from japan are staggering this morning. the late southwest from a logical acknowledge that 9,500 people are missing in one town. the official death toll now stamps at 754 but that is expected to grow as japan continues to survey the destruction. in fact, foyers are reporting fining up to 400 bodies along one coastal town. >> more than international international search-and-rescue teams are ready to go to japan to help with the earthquake aftermath and tsunami. and now a spokesman for the u.n. office for humanitarian affairs. welcome to the show. we have 30 countries ready, and
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willing. is this different from when they said they did not want help? >>guest: it is early. the government plan is making the preliminary assessment what has happened and what will be needed. but in the first hours and days after the earthquake the search-and-rescue teams are needed and the teams have started to arrive from cre i -- from korea, america, mexico and other countries. they will be on the ground quickly helping to save lives in the first hours, finding the survivors. >>alisyn: that is vital and beyond search-and-rescue what can the dozens of countries do? >>guest: the next step up is doing a full assessment of what has happened and make a measure of what the needs of the government are and what the needs that cannot be met in the country. that will happen quickly and the united nations also has been asked by the government of japan to deploy teams to help with that so we have those teams in
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soon so we will soon have a better picture of what has happened but obviously it is clear that there is a huge disaster that no country could deal with on their own and the government is japan has quickly asked for help. dave taste and&-- >>dave: and it is a fluid situation. thank you. >>clayton: could you u.s. see a similar disaster? how a fault line off our west coast to create unimaginable death. stay tuned.
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a worse case scenario unless they can tamp this down. >> and moments ago, word of yet nor after shock and this one an a big one. the magnitude 6.1 making matters worse, it's at the same area where that nuclear plant is located. >> clayton: also developing, the reports that 9500 people are missing in one japanese town alone. we have every angle of that breaking story covered. "fox & friends" continues right now. >> alisyn: all right. good morning again everyone, of course we're focused on the situation in japan this morning. it is changing. every single second, david piper has arrived on the ground in tokyo, just a few hours ago and he has the late s information for us on all the developments. first, david, we want to get to an after shock just reported in the last hour 6.0 magnitude and the significance of this, there have been many after shocks of course, it's near that nuclear power plant
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that's struggling to contain an explosion. what do we know? >> well, we do know that the aftershock was so strong, it hammered the rescue relief in the area and the teams are out trying to find people and with the aftershocks it's dangerous when you're involved in looking into buildings and things like that so at this time people are nervous about the aftershocks and even in tokyo felt the aftershocks and japanese tv had had live cams shaking in many suburbs here. >> we also know that they are, the japanese government, trying to treat locals in the surrounding area near that fukushima nuclear plant, the nation's largest. what are they doing and what
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is eiodine supposed to do for the people in the the surrounding area. >> i think the iodine will protect the lymph gland if there's a serious leak from radiation. it won't help entirely, but they are he' taking precautions now and also expanded the raid just of evacuation from six to 12 miles and they are warning people to stay in their homes and also, if they have to go out, cover their faces in wet panel, for instance, so they can limit any radiation effect. >> and even earlier, you pointed out, i'm surprised it took this long, we first heard the dat toll the missing seemed very, very low, 500 or so and now reports of 9500 people missing in one town, just one town in northern japan. what do you know about this? and are officials there in tokyo expecting that number to rise significantly? >> up in northern japan, it's
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really this red zone that the japanese are describing on their maps now, they're showing this red zone reaching about a thousand miles and that town was in the middle of it and it seems to have been wiped off the map and also showing what they think what are missing people in, many, many towns in the area, they are a counting 300, 500, 1500, so the death toll is mounting. it's no real surprise it's taking a long time to get into the areas to check if everybody is okay and it does seem at this time that the death toll could rise dramatically. >> and david, you described this red zone, the first i think we're hearing or learning about the red zone from officials here. what does that mean? what are they most concerned about in that spot? >> what it seems to be, that's where the tsunami struck very badly.
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we've seen those pictures offer the last 24 hours around sendai, going from sendai off about a thousand miles it seems according to their maps, that seems to be the red zone. when you go further up, they've switched that to an orange and yellow zone. but their main concern is that area of northeastern japan which took the real brunt of those waves when they swept in. >> alisyn: all right. david piper live for us from tokyo. thank you for the update. and lets bring in d mark segal. in the past hour we've gotten reports that the government has now taken the precautionary measure of handing ut potassium iodine to those closer, and that tells us radiation must have seeped into the environment. what does it tell you as a doctor. >> seems as though some may have seeped out and it's a precautionary accept.
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potassium iodine is benign, it not going to hurt anybody, it protects the thyroid from radiation exposure. if i'm giving one, i'll give that to protect the gland. a study in chernobyl that showed that people that had potassium iodine much less chance of thyroid cancer later on. i think it's a wise idea, but i am a little concerned about spreading fear here. the emotional impact of this is very concerning. after the tsunami in 2004, by the way, there was a study that showed the post traumatic stress disorder was found in up to 40% of children in the area. the one thing we haven't looked at yet, what is the emotional impact of this on the paplation. >> clayton: we're just now getting the assessment and the aerial pictures and now the japanese government is trying to get assessment and we heard from the united nations who says they haven't gotten the answers from the japanese
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government because they simply don't know. earlier on in the show we spoke with jo, who explained what the situation could look like for the nuclear fallout if it should-- if it could affect the united states. we'll get you to respond to this. >> what you would have is a very large, very hot fire, molten metal, tons of it burning and very difficult to put out. that would carry this particular smoke, the radioactive particles into the atmosphere, depending how high it got, it could travel across the ocean, could travel across the united states and go around the globe, and we just don't know yet. but almost certainly, some of it, in the united states. it's not a situation where you would die from this exposure, think of it like being exposed to asbestos. if there's no meltdown and able to contain it we've dodged the nuclear bullet. there won't be anything for most, either in japan or the
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united states to worry about. >> clayton: doctor, your thoughts. >> it's all about exposure. how long you've been exposed to something and close you are. he is he' making an interesting point, after chernobyl, a huge cloud spewed across europe and we don't know what the long-term again net the particular impact is on the dna on people. and we are he miles and miles away. i think he may be exaggerating in one sense i'm not convinced that people in the united states can get sick. >> dave: to get back to your point, you don't want to spread foreand even in tokyo taking tremendous precautions. >> exactly, taking potassium iodine is benign, it doesn't signal they're necessarily exposed. >> alisyn: going to back to the emotional after effect that you were talking about because there are so many aftershocks, 125 at least an hour ago a big one, 6.0.
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that will obviously contribute to the post traumatic stress disorder. people can't let their guard down. after the traumatic episode. >> that's so true, fear comes from the the unknown, you don't know what's happening next and the next shock is going to hit and don't know when the next earthquake. you get into the sense of panic and even if you can continue to function, later on it hits you, you may have trouble sleeping and anxiety later on and this is a major concern and people who have been displaced from their homes also have anxiety. >> and you were also talking about just the medical effects of all the flooding, swl. >> right, people don't have access to clean drinking water, may be hurt, may not have access to medical care and then you get contaminated water and that can spread bacteria and disease. >> clayton: we've got a lot of e-mails and tweets and wants to know the best place to send their donations and money and you work with the red cross.
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>> i'm sure red cross, i'm convinced on the ground and help from the united nations and united states. and i think the red cross is also a good place to start. >> dave: thank you for the relevant information and you've had a long morning and thanks for standing by. >> my pleasure. >> dave: all morning long. let's get over to rick reichmuth who has a look what could be happening now. and 120, 130 aftershocks. the latest i've soon is 154 aftershocks and you see the official quake and the cluster of red, and 154 and those are aftershocks since the earthquake and that will continue for long time and a lot are now in the 5 to 5.8 range and latest 6.4. get over a 7.0 and those could cause tsunamis as well, smaller than .8, but there's a
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possibility, and strong that could easily happen and could cause more damage across the coast as well. here is what we're looking at. everybody wondering what the conditions are like over the next couple of days and weekend not looking that bad and tomorrow, you'll wake up, sunday, monday not bad, either. overnight temperature very cool, down around the freezing mark and by tuesday, cools a little bit. and wednesday and thursday, maybe a little bit of snow, temps down around the 40's. so it will be very, very cold. and guys, talking about all of this issue with potential radiation that's leaking. good news here, this is where that plant is, and winds are out of the southwest, and that would continue to push any kind of that air or mayor mass off shore over the water not towards land. tokyo way back here. on the other side and there isn't any indication that the winds will be northeast the next couple of days, good news for tokyo and right now the wind direction certainly helping if there were any potential proms. >> clayton: thanks, rick, great information as well. coming up on the show we're continue to follow this and
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the images out of japan. ta ta terrifying, unbelievable. could it happen here in the united states. >> dave: we have from tokyo, details on destruction he's seeing. straight ahead in the live reports. >> we've got a flood. hits the road, the nose the angels start second guessing where they tread.
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>> welcome back to "fox & friends" on this saturday. the biggest quake in japan's history. could it happen in the united states? or if or when, we're long overdue. >> alisyn: he said you could see a 9 quake along the fault line, california to british columbia, the information officer for the oregon department of geologgeology.
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that's a chilling thought. >> we've known we've had 40 major earthquakes from magnitude 8 1/2 to magnitude 9 plus off our coast and if you look at that, you know, with averages, that's about once every 150 years. the last event to occur off our coast, magnitude 9 earthquake, it actually happened in 1700, so that's 311 years ago. if, how often these happen is once every 250 to 400 years we're well within the window of the 9 earthquake that they had in jape. >> clayton: you're saying the san francisco earthquake, and the earthquake in los angeles it wasn't large enough to measure what we're talking about here, right. >> right, we are he' talking about an earthquake largest than anything california will ever experience. this is an earthquake as we've seen in japan that is just
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defies description. >> dave: if it's inevitable that we will have a 9 magnitude earthquake, what do we do to prepare and get ready? >> well, you start with education. and you have to get the word out. we've only actually known for about the last 20 years that we had the potential for one of these earthquakes. so, that's frightening enough and now, we're playing catchup, to try to get people to realize that we have the potential for one of these massive earthquakes, and it's a hard thing to convince people to prepare for something that's never happened in recorded history. >> james, what makes you think it's going to happen between northern california, up through seattle and into british columbia. >> we have a 600 mile long earthquake fault at that sits off our coast, the same type of zone that sits off the coast of japan and we've been able to literally dig down into the fresh water marshes throughout the pacific network
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right at the coast and find the layer of tsunami sand everywhere we look. the other evidence, interestingly enough, comes from japan, and a tsunami that struck the japanese coast in 1700 and that's one of the puzzle pieces that we scientists finally put all of this information together and that was in the mid 90's that he we got this information from japan. and we know that the tsunami that struck japan came from the pacific network. >> and remarkably, i have seen and ignorant of it until a short time ago, to see what happened in alaska and an evidence that a massive tsunami wiped out parts of alaska. and we showed what a tsunami now looks like in japan. are we talking similar circumstances in the united states in seattle, portland, juneau, alaska, to look like this? >> absolutely. you know, the tsunami is going to affect the washington and
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oregon coast with tremendous force, i mean, you're talking, lit areally as we saw in japan. a 30 foot wall of water slamming from northern california up through southern british columbia and you know, if it's the summertime and there is he' hundreds of thousands of people on our beaches here, it's going to be a really, really scary event. >> dave: are we anywhere near as well-equipped as japan was to handle that type of earthquake. >> no, the japanese are probably the best prepared people on earth, so, seeing what is happening in japan is a really, really frightening scenario for the folks in the pacific network. >> perhaps a wakeup call, james, we can only help. >> well, or-- >> james, sorry. >> or a quake-up call. >> alisyn: thank you, james. >> clayton: geology humor. >> alisyn: we appreciate you coming in this morning with this chilling prix. >> clayton: we saw what happened in seattle, with the earthquake in seattle.
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damage in the the city and minor compared to this and how many people live on house boats in seattle and imagine those people's homed washed away. >> dave: an explosion rocks a nuclear power plant in japan. radiation has leaked out. right now there are fears of a meltdown. details moments away. ♪ [ folk pop ]
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>> welcome back everyone. we do have a fox news alert because of the breaking news happening this morning. one of the latest threats in japan is the nuclear power plant here that you can see, there has been an explosion there this morning. and of course, the fear is that it will reach shore and
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somehow meltdown and we know that some radiation leaked out according to officials and the government is reportedly handing out iodine to people in the area, to help with exposure. >> clayton: jeffrey has design designed-- >> good to be here. >> the plants in the united states, similar to the ones we have here, almost a carbon copy. when you saw the plant explosion, what was running through your mind? >> well, it was quite a thing to say, and one of the things that i, when i saw the-- what looked like an explosion, kind of terrifying, is this is a bad day at the office. but when i heard reports that the radiation was decreasing, i thought maybe instead of an explosion it's more of a
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collapse of the structure itself. >> alisyn: the latest news we have, reported to the chief cabinet secretary in japan, the explosion was not caused by damage to the nuclear reactor, but by a pumping system that failed that keeps the temperature down, does that sound plausible. >> that sounds more like i was thinking was happening-- >> sorry to interrupt, but there are fears there's a core breach and trying to lower the temperatures now. what fears do you have? do you think they'll be able to get this under control in your experience? >> this one is going to be really tricky. it's an old reactor and the type of reactor that this is, what they absolutely have to do is get the diesel generators running and those diesel generators willpower some of the other low pressure safety systems and what's
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happening right now, the reactor is at high pressure and the systems run off the high pressure steam, but if the pressure starts to lower, they have no way to close this down unless they can get the generators running, from what i understand they were flooded. >> about an hour ago, they experienced a aftershock, some are reporting 6.4 magnitude in the same area of the fukushima nuclear plant. could this compromise the integrity of the nuclear facility or the core itself? >> you know, the core itself, it's definitely possible. the way that they design these things, it's the core is usually in, you know, good shape from a seismic perspective. it's the ancillary systems that support the core and cool the core down and shut it down. >> alisyn: well, here is the issue as i understand it, and you're a nuclear engineer and
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you can explain it. the backup cooling system failed. what they're going to try, they say, is to bring sea water in to try to bring down the temperature of the reactor back to safe levels. have you heard of that strategy? >> well, i'm hearing it now, that's kind of in my mind, what they were probably doing is pulling water from what's called the compression pool, but what's the diesel generators they have no way to cool down the water in that suppression pool, so as they run it through the core, it's heating up and then putting hot water back into the core. so the fact that they're looking at sea water in tells me they can't get those generators started and that's not a good thing. >> clayton: all right, jeffrey bonner, a nuclear earning near, thank you for your expertise this morning, thank you for joining us. >> happy to help. >> alisyn: we're getting news into the news, three japanese
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evacuees have been exposed to radiation from the plant region. >> dave: that's what we are to assume this morning from the reports. much more in the next half hour, up next though, the tsunami in japan traveled over the ocean and moved at speeds equal to a jumbo jet. we'll show you the incredible speed comparison next. >> alisyn: and despite the power outages and sheer destruction, people are managing to get messages out through social media. the power of youtube and twitter in situations like this. we will have a live report.
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>> welcome back to "fox & friends" on this saturday morning. a fox news alert with the latest from japan now. we've just learned that three people evacuated from the area of the nuclear plant where the explosion happened this morning have in fact been exposed to radiation. >> this as we're learning the radiation has leaked out of the plant. we don't know what level of it, but of course, the ultimate fear is a meltdown. >> dave: word of yet another aftershock 6.4 and hit the same area where the plant is located in fukushima. >> clayton: and reports that 9500 people are missing in one japanese town alone. and that's in the northern part of the country. >> look at your screen, it's a
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new video just into the fox news room and into "fox & friends" and some of the most incredible tsunami video that we've seen yet. here you see flooding, carrying away cars, and homes and just everything else that's in its path. >> dave: as you can see the situation in japan, constantly changing. on the phone with us from tokyo is david from global radio news. good morning to you, what is the latest situation there? and have you felt any aftershocks? in the last hour or so. >> the last 20 minutes quite a big aftershock, lasted 30 seconds and compared to yesterday, these were quite minor, you know, all last night we were feeling aftershocks because we haven't felt one in so long, this one did startle me u we were also reporting right now, that three individuals near the
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fukushima nuclear plant were taken away and treated for radiation. what are you hearing there in tokyo? >> yeah, look the government and the authorities, to say that one of the plants is leaking radiation to the point the amount of radiation, in one hour the same a normal person would be exposed to in a year. and that's quite a large concern to people around the area and i'm not sure how far that kind of radiation is extending, but i guess that's straight outside the kind of plants there and the government has extended the amounts of instances where people are being evacuated from now the equivalent of 30 kilometers and so the people within that distance told to leave their homes. >> alisyn: we've heard that as well and officials foxnews.com say that the radiation level
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1,000 times the normal level. do you have a sense, being in the country, if officials have this explosion under control? it's hard for us to know from here in what they're telling us is accurate. >> look, it's likewise a similar situation here. the government is telling everybody to stay calm. if you look at the supermarkets all around the country, certainly in tokyo, they're completely bear. the food is gone, water is gone and i've spoken to people in other cities in the country and the same thing. people are preparing for the worst and also preparing for potential blackout. i know part of tokyo has been blacked out. at least one small area, i'm not sure whether that's included other areas, but people are preparing for the blackout. >> dave: quickly what's the death toll they're reporting there locally. >> 4800. >> dave: as we told you 9500
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people missing in one town alone, and david, from global news radio, thank you for being with us this morning. >> alisyn: part of the reason that this was so devastating is because the speed at which the tsunami hit. the earthquake happened 78 miles off the coast and i had no idea how fast the supertravels, equivalent to a jumbo yet. 547 miles per hour and a 747 cruises at. look below the screen and travels about 500 miles per hour of course with ocean depth up to about four miles deep. and it's pretty remarkable. let's bring in rick reichmuth and questions on twitter about this, rick, and i know you usually can answer with with geology. i want to know the difference between the earthquake and aftershocks and please explain the difference. why do we call one an earthquake and one an
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aftershock. >> there are no difference. >> technically there are no differences. once you get the big adjustment from the earth from the initial quake and different adjustments in the energy and kind of like if you're pushing anything, one block hits other block and one has to move. those are aftershocks and 154 have happened and 500 miles an hour is how fast the waves can trofl. when you talk with ocean waves, kind of everything is waves, energy is waves, microwaves and following at the difference and length in between waves and that's 500 miles an hour roughly. this one yesterday about 590 miles an hour to get from the epicenter to california coast line and speaking of the california coastline, we still have tsunami advisories here not because we're expecting more tsunamis, but when you have the energy, you have to i think of the the pacific ocean like a big basin and pool and if you get sloshing, that
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water is mixed up and we'll still see odd currents across the california coastline and oregon and washington and not they're going to make great waves to surf on. if you're swimming, unsettled water and for that reason the people need to stay out of the water across all the beaches today. because things are just going to be odd. out in the water. >> dave: sure, we had that one death in northern california along the oregon border and taking pictures and swept out to sea. two recovered from the ocean and one i think is still missing at now 6:30 pacific time. >> that was somebody trying to take a picture of the tsunami as it comes in. three, four foot and strong enough to wipe them out. >> dave: and rick, stay inside. >> and pointing out to the western united states, what to expect next and we had joseph on earlier, a nuclear expert, and he had this to say.
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>> we need more information from the authorities. they said some radiation already leaked and core is partially exposed and they haven't given us updated samplings at all. we should get that in the next five or six hours and should know in that time period whether they're able to bring that reactor under control and this is a crisis that should play out over the next couple of days. >> i thought it was fascinating what he told us earlier, which is that obviously, japan, they're prepared for earthquakes, they live with them. so, the nuclear reactor have all sorts of safety measures and fail safes in place, but they weren't expecting the one-two punch of the earthquake and then a tsunami right after it, and that's why their systems have cut out. >> dave: and also why there was a large contingent of japanese experts say it's a horrible idea to operate so heavily on nuclear power in japan because it's likely, because they experience so many major earthquakes and
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because tsunamis are likely to be triggered and there was a large group of people that were very strongly against and outspoken against the nuclear power in that country. we are going to hear that hear next week, and next month? >> karl rove said, they don't have much choice they don't have a large coal deposits and third largest importer of oil in the world and they have to rely on nuclear power and you're going to see a shift-- and karl rove said it will be interesting in the next few months if they shift from a nuclear energy economy. >> this is new video on the fox news room a school when the earthquake hit, we heard that the drills they're supposed to get under the desk and they're following the drill, but how scary for the children there. >> speaking of schools, nine o'clock p.m. local time, 1200 kids at a junior high school near where the water was beginning to recede, still
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>> this is a fox news alert. we have some other breaking news for you. the you're looking live at the scene of a deadly accident in the bronx borough of new york city. a tour bus carrying about 30 people was clipped by a tractor-trailer causing it to flip on its side and cut in half. 13 people killed and critically injured. they'll hunt for the driver of
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the tractor-trailer and the bus was headed to chinatown neighborhood returning from the m t the mohegan sun casino in connecticut. an approving a no-fly zone, a key port city and the international community has expected solidity with the rebels, but stopped short of approving military action. >> clayton: thank you, alisyn. back to breaking developments out of japan, after the it hit the internet, on social networking sites like twitter. >> dave: and peter doocy has been keeping track. >> because of the video out of japan has been so powerful there's a lot that have not been making it on to the tv screens yet. you can see it on our website, foxnews.com and one of the
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things is the interactive we've got, you can see all of japan and it highlights the epicenter in sendai and scroll over the most affected areas and tokyo areas and when you scroll over he see what the the population of those areas and what the vital statistics are, what specifically happened there, and how many casualties they think there are as of right now. another thing that you can do right on the home page at the foxnews.com, is a big pop-up photo, a the lot of the pictures that we've seen have been moving, but a newly different perspective when you stop the frame and take a look and see how mighty and massive, really, the pacific ocean is and it's taking over trees and make them look tiny and same with buildings and rolling over a river on on to roadways and beyond it. something else you can see to give you a different kind of perspective about the historical aspects, it's a time line of the complete history of pacific tsunamis
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and earthquakes, and it's also on the home page of foxnews.com and it starts out in april 1868 with 7.9 magnitude that struck the big island of coo way and we remember the indian ocean tsunami triggered by 9.0 earthquake and killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries and then of course, the march, 20011 the one that we are dealing with right now and something else we could see interesting different kind of read on the potential long-term affects. there's an article on foxnews.com by medical a-team member dr. manny alvarez, if the problems with the radiation at these power plants persist, there could be some serious, very serious health problems for folks in the area, unfortunately, down the line. so take a look at all of that stuff on foxnews.com right now. >> clayton: we should also mention one of the things that
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was crushed in obvious the libyan uprising and things happening in japan and egypt as well. when power is down they condition reach on the internet and they still have cell phones and services can translate your tweets and status updates to audio and hear your voice, shout o mattic.com and hear your voice, mom, i'm trapped here. and there are powerful images you'll find on twit are and facebook and these are some of the pictures we found from the tragedy in japan on twitter and it's also helping out in the way of google launched what they are calling the japan person finder. if you want to either search for a loved one or you have information to post about a loved one, simply google person finder and they're tracking 55,000 records as we-- >> they do a great job, do that with a lot of the tragedies. coming up on the show, her husband was injured by shattered glass when the quake
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>> here is the very latest from japan. moments ago we learned three people evacuated from the site of a nuclear plant position have been exposed to radiation. >> dave: there are concerns right now of a possible meltdown at that plant. >> alisyn: moments ago, word of yet another aftershock at the site of of that plant, in one magnitude 6.4. joining us on the four is jamie, her 52-year-old husband joe was working at the fukushima plant and injured by falling and shattering glass when the quake struck. thanks for joining us again.
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tell us what you know about your husband's condition now. >> well, i didn't get to talk to him last night at seven o'clock, before the phones went out and i did find out they were, one of the reps had called me to let me know they were headed for a little town and he told me that they were going to a hotel where they could bathe and you know, get their stuff together and get a little rest. well, when he asked, are you there at the hotel, well, the problem was, there was no hotel. so i didn't know until this morning, i got a call from one of the wives of one of the other men and then one of the daughters of one of the men, and they-- we kind of put what's going on with them together. they are travelling and in
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rental cars they had got when they first got there for the job and they're banding together and working as a unit, and they are travelling now and they just went through the last, i heard, a little town called costo and they were looking there to maybe shelter, or whatever. as far as i could understand from what they were-- the conversations they were going south. >> clayton: and we understand, we've been report, we understand three individual who worked at that plant were given radiation treatment at this hour. we now know that's been confirmed. when these phone conversations you've been having with the other wives, any information come out about who these three individuals may be? were they travelling with your husband or left behind at the plant to assess and try to take care of some of the damage there? >> i-- i'm just assuming because the
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plant runs all the time and the people who run the plants, the locals who live there, so, so the ones-- were with my husband, a specialist that comes in and do their jobs on temporary, and i am assuming that's the regular employees, crew that runs this-- >> thank you for joining us, we're glad to hear your husband has indeed left the area, thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you. >> dave: our coverage not over, an expert in nuclear energy will join us on the other side of this break. stick around. knows how to make things that are good for you. new v8 v-fusion + tea. one combined serving of vegetables and fruit with the goodness of green tea and powerful antioxidants. refreshingly good.
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magnitude and the ensuing tsunami and now the nuclear situation at fukushima power plant. joining us on the phone with the latest from the heritage foundation, the fellow for nuclear energy, jack spencer. jack, good morning to you, what is your read on what we're hearing this morning. three people exposed to radiation and they say this have contained the core. >> well, i think that that last point is the important one, that they've contained the core. look, it's never good to have an explosion at a nuclear power plant. never good to have an 8.9 earthquake at a nuclear power plant. you want to maintain power. what we've seen here despite obstacle after obstacle, the japanese authorities seem to be keeping it under control and there has been radiation leaked and you don't want that in an unpredictable and unmanaged way. we need to keep in mind and context, how much radiation is being leaked and how long is that exposure.
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what we've seen time and again with nuclear facilities whether it's through managed radiation, or through nonpredictable one that human, health and safety has rarely, if ever been affected and certainly not in the case of western nuclear power plants and one time, the real impact is chernobyl and that's not to diminish the seriousness of the situation. and we have to stabilize and the japanese people need to make sure it's stabilized. i predict that once this is said and done, we're once again going to see the inherent robustness of nuclear energy and even when subjected to these stresses that it's obviously to maintain the safety. >> unfortunately we're out of time. as you can imagine we had tons of breaking news and we're thanking you to weigh in with your expertise. >> and obviously there was momentum bld